Angola crowned Africa’s top oil producer
LUANDA, December 28, 2016 – Having reached a daily average production of 1.7 million bopd, Angola will come out as Africa’s leading oil producer in 2016, displacing Nigeria, local media reported on Tuesday.
Angola’s crude output first surpassed Nigeria’s in June 2016, and has since then increased by 8,800 bopd. Meanwhile, Nigeria has struggled to maintain production in the face of attacks on oil infrastructure by anti-government militias.
Despite increased output, Angola’s oil revenues remain lower than in pre-crisis years. In response, Sonangol has initiated a reform process aimed at reducing production costs by almost 50% to USD 12 per barrel.